Welcome to a part 4 of a 6-part series on the domains of resilience in the Predictive 6 Factor Resilience Scale (PR6).
The PR6 is a proprietary scale that provides holistic measurement of resilience across six domains of resilience that has been developed by Pieter J. Rossouw and Jurie G. Rossouw using an established neurobiological model.
This week’s domain is Reasoning.
What is Reasoning
Reasoning plays a major role in how much confidence we have in our ability to solve unexpected problems and adapt to sudden change. This includes our ability to be resourceful, think critically, identify opportunities and take an action-oriented approach to best work towards our own and shared goals.
This also extends into proactively identifying opportunities so we can instigate change and innovate to create an environment where we can thrive together with others. Here the ability to be creative in a stressful situation can be a powerful and highly regarded personal attribute.
How does a low score present?
If your Reasoning score is low then you may feel that changing circumstances at work or in your personal life often feel like a threat. You may find that your thoughts focus on how bad the effects are going to be and that you rarely spend time thinking about the opportunities that the change could bring.
A major challenge at work or at school, be it a difficult project or task, might be something that you’d rather not have to deal with, and you prefer to steer clear and focus on doing what you know. This can be hard to maintain as change seems to come ever more frequently. As pressure mounts, you might find yourself feeling that you just can’t think straight, and need to relax first before being able to continue. Perhaps you might feel like you just managed to get things under control, and suddenly everything is changing again.
The ability to be creative and resourceful under pressure involves activating your ‘smart’ brain (frontal cortex) and deactivating your ‘impulsive’ brain (limbic system). If your Reasoning score is low then your impulsive brain may have too much sway over your life because it is constantly trying to protect you from perceived threats, making it difficult for you to stay focused and be creative during stressful situations. Your beliefs and expectations have a strong effect during these situations. The key for you is to challenge those expectations to help deactivate your impulsive brain, helping you to see the opportunity in change and stressful situations. This will increase your ability to creatively solve problems, think more clearly and get better results, even in very challenging circumstances.
How would you currently rate your Reasoning domain?
- Do times of high stress make it harder to solve some of the challenges you face?
- How do you feel about facing a big new challenge?
- In the past, how have changes in your home or work environment affected you?
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